Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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With a touch of "The Man Who Came to Dinner".


That porch scene at the ice cream store -- special. We don't see that often, but enough to let us know it is possible. Why can't we all just get along?


What an evocative story...and so glad you and J could have this little jaunt together. I agree about the deep peace of the woods - being there provides spiritual strength to keep going. Hope you can go back again!

Ruth Anne

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. And I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep.

Michael Reynolds

Just goes to show you what different writers we are. I went out to that same ice cream store couple years ago, came back and wrote an "Incoherent Rage" post suggesting people should terrorize bicyclists by throwing their car in neutral and gunning the engine.


Good [ice creams] make good neighbors.


I was watching a travel feature on North Carolina recently and apparently there is a large Mexican community. Who knew?

my pleasure in woods and forests is permanently conditioned by the very beautifully drawn one I saw in "Bambi" as a child (the work of our friend Dick Kelsey), accompanied by a chorus singing "Love Is a Song that Never Ends."

"Love is a song that never ends,
Life may be brief and fleeting."

I had the "Bambi" record when I was a kid, in the days long before video. I think I inherited it from a cousin. It had all the songs on it, plus narration by Jimmy Dodd from the Mickey Mouse Club.


Winston: I suspect ice cream is the great reconciler. Sort of like Christmas between the trench lines in WWI.


Bitterroot -- so true; I slept deeply last night after writing that, and actually remembered a dream this morning (a great rarity now, without which, however, I feel disoriented and only half there), and am unaccountably serene this morning.


Yeah, Michael, now that you mentioned it, the bicyclists are real pests along that road. It's two-lane with a double yellow line and lots of curves where you can't see what's coming, so you basically have a choice between knocking the bicyclist into the woods or colliding with a truck head-on. No contest.


I wonder what breed of cows they have? The richest milk comes from Gurnseys or Jerseys(the little brown cows), but i still prefer Holsteins.

I love the country.


Well, Chris's closest friend's family had Ayrshires. But they had to sell their herd, because this generation doesn't have enough dedicated men to keep it going.

Ruth Anne

Was their herd shot 'round the world?


But they had to sell their herd, because this generation doesn't have enough dedicated men to keep it going.

psst amba, I know you're into that genetic determination thing but get this ... chicks can farm these days too!


Heh- i always got a kick out of being a female farmer-- i never mind being refered to in the masculine-- because i'm obviously... not.

Chicks can farm, true- but, there is a lot of major grunt work to dairying and it's nice to have two- farmer and his wife(or- whatever). I know a female farmer that puts many a man to shame. She works hard and does all the tractor work, etc. Unfortunately, she looks the part. Spud'll vouch.


Ruth Anne -- no, only as far as Florida!

Think it Through -- think it through! It wasn't me who said they couldn't farm with three daughters and two sons, one of them too lazy. It was them. Maybe the husbands of the girls didn't want to farm. I don't know the people myself, I only know the bare outlines of the story. Farm families may tend to be more traditional than us city folk. And physical strength IS a help. But, as I said, it was the other son's decision that he had to sell the farm because he didn't have a full partner in his brother.


And where do you get that I'm into genetic "determination" (it's called "determinism"?). You're on the wrong blog.


I just qanted to add that Aryshires are beautiful- anice, deep red colour. Good cows.

Plus, in terms of my wanting our family farm-- if i'd have been born w/a penis- i would have been given the chance. I don't know if that's sexist, traditional- wrong or right. *shrug* It's the way things seem to be done, so- go figure. I don't resent that- i just feel sad because i think it's a helluva farm.


Farm families may tend to be more traditional than us city folk. And physical strength IS a help.

Duh! Didja pick that nugget up at the corner ice cream meetin' place? Just a little note that in some parts, those kind of genetic determinations are being overcome. Women marry and bear sons and work within the extended family. You should get out more because there's peoples who respect tradition and don't find it so limitin' as you may think. No need to get up on a high horse now.

karen -- As an individual, did you express interest and realistically work for? If so, that's too bad they overlooked you for lack of a penis. It's like not letting a child with aptitude play hockey. But if you were born and trained to be a figure skater and playing hockey was just a pipe dream of perhaps the grass being greener on the otherside, well it's good the farm went to one more capable, if indeed it did.

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